Telling it


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Up Front and Personal
Conversations—In Passing

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There was a certain personal connection between toll collector and driver in the early years. James D. Wolfe, who started on the new Turnpike in 1952, remembers having to tell motorists about adverse conditions—sometimes with unanticipated results. “I’ll never forget,” he says, “I was working Interchange 10, this was 1954 . . . that Saturday we had this dust storm between [Interchanges] 8 and 9, and we put up [these signs], changed the speed to about 35 miles an hour. So this little lady comes through in this Ford car, and I’m telling her that there’s this dust storm between 8 and 9 and the speed limit is 35 miles an hour. ‘Oh,’ she says, ‘it’s going to be on Channel 9 at 8 o’clock tonight. I will watch it!’ And she drove off!”

Photograph of toll collector James D. Wolfe, 1952
Courtesy of James D. Wolfe
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